UN official says Serbia is encouraging deadly Kosovo violence

The United Nations in Kosovo accused Serbian officials on Tuesday of encouraging "orchestrated" violent clashes in the north in which a Ukrainian policeman was killed and dozens more officers were injured. Larry Rossin, the second in charge of the UN mission in Kosovo, said Tuesday that Serbia's authorities failed to use their influence upon Kosovo's Serbs to prevent clashes with the UN and NATO forces. "We've never had what we could consider a clear and unambiguous denunciation of this kind of violence from the ministers or indeed any other Belgrade government official that I can think of," he added. "We're having trouble continuing some of our operations in the north of Kosovo right now and it's directly because of either their [Serbia's officials] interventions or lack of interventions with those who are causing these problems."